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Can you name movies set in the early 1940s that include an American novelist or other writer as a character?

Asked by kevbo (25644points) September 10th, 2014 from iPhone

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Is the novelist/writer necessarily famous (based on a real person) or are they just a random person whose job is to write?

Pachy's avatar

The Singing Detective

kevbo's avatar

Either and all of the above.

Pachy's avatar

“Sunset Boulevard” and “Story of G.I. Joe”

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Pachy I think of Sunset Boulevard too, but it seems that the movie is set in the late 1940s.

Pachy's avatar

Yeah, knew that, but I thought it might slip in under the wire.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Pachy Right. So maybe The Third Man and In a Lonely Place will fit too :P

We should let @kevbo decide.

Pachy's avatar

Good ones!

Pachy's avatar

“Gentleman’s Agreement” and “Beloved Infidel.”

stanleybmanly's avatar

Almost all of the movies taken from Hemingway novels involve writers as major characters. The difficulty for me is the qualification of “early 40s” Even J’accuse misses the mark (1938). “The Sea Wolf” was made in the early 40s. You have to also realize that anyone who saw any of the movies you’re looking for during their run in a theater is almost certainly dead.

kevbo's avatar

Set in the early 40s, not released. Thanks for the responses, though. Close enough.

Buttonstc's avatar

Shadowlands starting Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger is the story of the writer C.S. Lewis falling in love with Anerican poet Joy Davidman (pen name) of Joy Gresham.

So, you get two writers for the
price of one.

It has generally excellent reviews as well as a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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